Aircraft first of 16 on order through purchase and lease
Air France and
International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) celebrated the delivery
today of the first Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane, the
newest member of the market-leading 777 commercial airplane
The new airplane is the first of 16 777-300ERs that Air France
will receive (through direct purchases and leases) through 2006 and
the first of 18 that ILFC has ordered. ILFC is currently Boeing's
largest 777-300ER customer. The new 777 airplanes will join Air
France's current fleet of 25 777-200ERs.
"This is a tremendous day for Boeing, Air France and ILFC," said
Toby Bright, executive vice president, Sales -- Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "These are visionary customers who recognize the
impressive benefits of the 777-300ER -- an airplane that has
exceeded its original performance guarantees."
"The 777-300ER will be a key element in the development of our
existing 777 fleet," said Pierre Vellay, vice president, New
Aircraft and Corporate Fleet Planning -- Air France.
The 777-300ER is the first of two new Longer-Range 777 models.
The 777-300ER and the 777-200LR (Longer Range) were launched in
February 2000 at the request of airline customers seeking airplanes
with additional flexibility to serve the non-stop routes that
The twin-engine 777-300ER carries 365 passengers up to 7,705
nautical miles (14,270 kilometers), and is capable of serving such
routes as Paris-Los Angeles and Paris-Tokyo.
During the 777-300ER's 1,500-hour flight test program, the
airplane exceeded its original design performance targets. As a
result, the new jetliner provides increased payload and range
capability over those promised to customers at the time of the
Also resulting from the flight-test program, Boeing decided in
December 2003 to offer the airplane with higher range and payload
capability than originally planned. This enhanced capability will
be available for newly delivered airplanes and as a retrofit option
starting in the fourth quarter of 2004.
"The operational capabilities of the 777-300ER provide important
profitability potential for airlines," said Steven Udvar-Hazy,
chairman and CEO -- ILFC. "The airplane has good market acceptance
and we expect that the 777-300ER will prove to have a broad
customer base in the long future."
Boeing has received orders for 71 777-300ERs from seven
"The 777-300ER provides an excellent combination of range and
payload capability with the efficiency, comfort and economics that
have become associated with the 777 family," said Lars Andersen,
Longer-Range 777 program manager -- Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"This is the most technologically advanced airplane in the
The 777-300ER has updated avionic, electrical, flight and
environmental control systems. The airplane's raked wingtips offer
fuel efficiency improvements and its semi-levered landing gear
permits takeoffs on shorter runways.
The 777-300ER also features the award-winning Boeing Signature
Interior, known for its ambient lighting and easily accessible
drop-down luggage bins. The Boeing Signature Interior is preferred
by customers worldwide and will provide Air France passengers the
kind of space and comfort they expect.
General Electric Aircraft Engines manufactures the engines for
both Longer-Range 777 models. The GE90-115B turbofan is the world's
largest and most powerful commercial jet engine, producing 115,000
pounds of thrust, currently a Guinness World Record.
Following on the success of the 777-300ER, the design of the
777-200LR -- the world's longest range jetliner -- is currently 75
percent complete. The first 777-200LR is scheduled to enter
production in October and deliver during the first quarter of